Search and rescue success for Palmerston North Rescue Helicopter | Philips Search and Rescue Trust

Search and rescue success for Palmerston North Rescue Helicopter

The Palmerston North Rescue Helicopter was tasked to assist in a search for an overdue tramping party of 5 on Friday 26 April 2019. The party included a male aged 60s, a female aged 30s and 3 young girls aged 7, 9 and 10.

During an aerial search of the Otaki river, the missing party was spotted on a bluff unable to walk any further.

The Palmerston North Rescue Helicopter inserted a Police SAR member via winch to guide them to a suitable location for the helicopter to extract them.

They were moved to a river bed and the helicopter winched an Intensive Care Paramedic in to assist in the extraction.

All 5 members of the party were extracted safely from rugged terrain and returned to awaiting search and rescue members at Otaki forks road end.

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